On a gloomy, chilly Sunday morning in Memphis, hundreds of people gathered on the front lawn of Graceland to pay their respects to Lisa Marie Presley, who passed away earlier this month, and to celebrate her life. As they waited for the funeral to start on the Graceland property, where Lisa Marie and her father, Elvis Presley, had resided as children, some mourners carried flowers.
To commemorate the life and music of Elvis Presley, who passed away in 1977, hundreds of thousands of admirers visit the mansion that Lisa Marie Presley formerly owned. On Sunday, the property in south Memphis served as a source of sorrow and sad memories. Hours after being admitted to the hospital for a medical emergency, Presley, a 54-year-old singer-songwriter committed to her father’s legacy, passed away on Jan. 12.
Lisa Marie Presley was only nine years old when her father, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, died – but her life was heavily influenced by Elvis Presley‘s legacy. #LisaMariePresley pic.twitter.com/HlnrSmDOCU
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Jason Clark and The Tennessee Mass Choir led the congregation in the singing of “Amazing Grace” to open the service. The Presley family wrote a letter on the program for the ceremony that read, “We would want to convey our heartfelt gratitude for the love, sympathy, and support you have shown our family during this difficult time. We are grateful and always will be.
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Priscilla Presley, the mother of Lisa Marie Presley, read her granddaughter’s poem “Old Soul.” “The old soul in 1968, she entered our world — born strong but was delicate, filled with life,” the poem read. “She always knew she wouldn’t be here too long. Childhood passes by in the glimpse of a green eye. She then grew a family of her own. She then lost her second child, an angel of suspicion, and she knew it was close to the end.”
“Now she is home where she always belonged, but my heart is missing her love,” the poem continued. “She knew that I loved her. I fear I’ll never touch her, but the old soul is always with me. She doesn’t drift above.” Riley Keough, an actress and the oldest child of Lisa Marie Presley remained silent, but her husband, Ben Smith-Peterson, issued a message in her place. “Thank you for being my mother in this life,” Keough’s letter began. “I’m eternally grateful.”
“I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known,” the eulogy continued. “How safe it felt to be in your arms. I remember that feeling as a child, and I remember it two weeks ago on your couch.” “I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters,’ Keough added.
Hundreds of people gathered on the front lawn of Graceland on a gray, chilly Sunday morning in Memphis, Tennessee, to mourn the death and remember the life of Lisa Marie Presley, who died earlier this month. https://t.co/hTuny1IriS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 23, 2023
Speaking tributes to Presley included Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and former Memphis mayor A. C. Wharton. Singers Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose paid tribute to the late performer with performances of the songs “Rest” and “November Rain.” After the service, mourners marched through the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where Presley was put to rest.
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Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley, who committed suicide in 2020, is also interred in Graceland.
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